“Ye Are Gone and My Sorrows Cannot Bring Your Return”

W. Cleon Skousen

Finally the fury of the Lamanite attack must have not only struck Mormon with an overwhelming sorrow as he saw his valiant 10,000 butchered all around him, but the deepest anxiety would have been his realization that the thousands of women and children were being hacked, stabbed and tommy-hawked to death in their tents. A portrayal of the battle scene from the hill Cumorah will be found in volume four of Treasures from the Book of Mormonon page 148.

Mormon concludes his soul-stirring lamentation with these words:

“But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return. And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ to be judged according to your works and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you. O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy.”

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